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Questions related to the politics of countries within Europe (i.e. comparing aspects of policy regarding various European countries).

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Why do European cities have so many homeless and beggars despite its high-tax welfare system?

Any European cities I have ever visited had homeless or beggars on the street. Or these people may not necessarily be homeless but it is clear enough that they are extremely poor and need help from ...
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Why is Greece's debt considered a problem but not US debt, which is much larger?

Greece's and other southern European countries' debt has been considered a problem since the 2008 crash, and austerity measures have been forced to the people. However the United States also have a ...
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Why don't the other countries of Europe maintain as massive a military as Russia does?

The countries that are in my inquiry list are: --------+----------+-------------+-----------+--------- SN | Country | Population | GDP | DefExp --------+----------+-------------+---------...
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Seen from Europe, why is there a hard separation between Republicans and Democrats in the US?

I live in Germany, and it seems completely strange to see a stable separation between Republicans and Democrats, and even somewhat near half of the votes for each. I see that the number of two ...
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Why do some European countries provide free higher education to foreigners?

Germany, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Slovenia, Austria, Slovak republic, and so on. Why do they allow non-EU/EEA students to have free tuitions? What is their benefit as a country?
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Why did the Islamic State target Brussels when Belgium isn't bombing them?

This Freakonomics podcast says the number one reason for terrorism is military occupation. Robert Pape says that the overwhelming reason for 'suicide' (homicide) bombers is occupation by a foreign ...
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Why would Putin or Russia benefit from a weak EU or weak EU countries?

Various (western) commentators and politicians state that "the only one happy with/benefiting from [insert bad scenario here] is Putin/Russia" (I'm not sure which one(s) of the two they mean). ...
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What are the key factors for the rise of nationalism in Europe?

In the past decade there has been a constant rise of nationalism in European politics, with nationalist parties gaining popularity in almost every member of the European Union. The canonical example ...
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Why does the EU keep Turkey out?

Turkey has applied for membership in the EU several times, but unlike Greece, it has never been admitted. What are the reasons that the EU has given for denying membership to this large and ...
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Did Poland ever apologize for its alliance with Germany before 1939?

It is not widely known now, but before 1939, Poland and Nazi Germany were neighbours with very good relations: Czechoslovakia was occupied by both Nazi Germany and Poland. Poland was the first ...
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In general, do European right wing parties oppose abortion?

I was wondering about the abortion issue in the US which is a hot topic. Poland just banned abortion and people are protesting against it in the capital. I was wondering about whether or not this ...
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What political motivations were provided by Brexit proponents besides these?

I first heard of "Brexit" from John Oliver on Last Week Tonight, where he urged UK voters not to leave the EU, citing false motivations used to promote the Brexit. Proponents of a Brexit claimed that: ...
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Are police in Western European countries right-wing or left-wing?

In America, the police have a reputation for being politically conservative. One rarely sees clashes between conservative demonstrators and police. In Europe, though, there seem to be lots of clashes ...
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Why did Arab spring and Iranian green revolution fail, but the European revolutions didn't?

Why did the Arab spring back a few years ago fail for the most part, the Iranian green movement didn't get the result it wanted, but the European revolutions (such as French revolution in part or ...
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Why is the population of post-Soviet states declining?

After the fall of the Soviet Union, many modern European states gain independence: the Baltic republics, Ukraine, Belarus. But there is something common among nearly all of them: their populations ...
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Why is recent international (Europe, N-America, …) Islamist terrorism exclusively perpetrated by Sunnis?

According to the Global Terrorism Database, the number of terrorist attacks with fatalities in Western Europe has recently started to rise for the first time since the 1970s: Source: Global Terrorism ...
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Do European politicians typically put their pronouns on their social media pages?

Probably in an effort to embrace or promote transfeminism, some US politicians now list their pronouns on their twitter pages, e.g. Elizabeth Warren lists "she/her". (It's a big cultural trend to ask ...
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Why are some microstates not members of the European Union (EU)?

While Luxembourg is a full-fledged member state of the EU, other European microstates (Monaco, Liechtenstein, Andorra, San Marino and the Vatican City) are not. The economies of these microstates are ...
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Why does the United States still keep substantial numbers of soldiers in Europe?

If I recall correctly, the US maintains about 30,000 men in Germany alone and thousands more in different European countries. I understand the need to project power and to rapidly deploy to any ...
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Why are face covering ban policies being proposed?

There have been plenty of instances in recent history across Europe where parties want to ban covering of the face: Norway Proposes Ban on Face Covering in Schools, Kindergartens Ukip pledge to ban ...
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On what dimensions does the current Republican party differ substantially from the right-wing parties in Europe?

According to a NYT opinion piece the Republican Party is far to the right of mainstream conservative parties in Britain, Canada and Germany, and to the right even of groups like the National Rally (...
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Has any European country recently scrapped a bank/public holiday?

I have tried to find whether any European country has recently (in the past 30 years or so) scrapped a national free day or similar. The closest I could get is the idea of replacing/moving a bank ...
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What are the political reasons for a strong Euroscepticism in Britain?

Britain is fairly heavily "Eurosceptic": Within Europe overall, a positive to neutral opinion of the EU dominated, with about 46% of citizens having a positive opinion and only 16% having a ...
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Could Europeans in Europe demand protection under UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples?

Link to declaration: https://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/DRIPS_en.pdf Especially some points concerning protection of traditional indigenous culture, including its proper access to media ...
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What are the Realpolitik benefits in taking in refugees from the perspective of Europe?

The principal argument, to my knowledge, that Europe ought to take in refugees from Syria (and other war torn countries) is a moral one. The refugees are innocent victims of brutal wars, the ...
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Are there any other countries besides the UK that have movements to leave the EU?

Are there any other countries that have movements to leave the EU? If so how popular is the movement in that country?
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Is Cyprus in Europe?

The Wikipedia entry on Cyprus says its location is in Europe. However, The entry on Europe excludes Cyprus. This list of European countries by population excludes Cyprus because it fails to ...
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What has caused the decline of parties in the center?

I've heard a lot about how centrist parties are losing ground in countries all across Europe. It also seems that in the United States, the two parties are becoming more and more polarized. I am ...
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What authority does the Benelux parliament have?

Today I discovered there is such a thing as a Benelux Parliament. However, neither the Wikipedia page nor the official website (Dutch and French only) give a whole lot of information on what it ...
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How is the European integration process similar to the creation of the United States?

What are the similarities and what are the major differences (economically, socially and culturally) between the current European integration process and the historical formation of the United States? ...
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What European countries have secret voting within the Legislature?

Most, if not all, democratic countries in Europe elect representatives to the national legislature by some form of secret ballot. For example the UK uses secret election on the first-past-the-post ...
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How did the view of Continental Europe on Brexit change between the 2016 Referendum and today?

There are plenty of polls asking the British population what they think about Brexit, but there are hardly any polls regarding Continental Europe's view on it; especially no recent ones. Judging from ...
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Have supporters of “right-wing populist” parties in Europe explained why they trust Trump?

According to a Pew survey/study, supporters of "right-wing populist" parties (by which they mean e.g. UKIP, FN of France, Northern League in Italy, or AfD in Germany) have more confidence in Trump to "...
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How to distribute asylum applicants more evenly in Europe?

Sweden has 8.4 asylum applicants per 1000 residents whereas Hungary, the second ranking European country, has only ~4. Most other European countries have 0-2 asylum applicants per 1000 residents (...
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What other European countries are experiencing independence movements?

UK, Spain, and now Italy have regions that have held referendums on independence or autonomy after the leaders of Italy's two wealthiest northern regions have claimed victory in a non-binding ...
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What would the EU do if an EU member declared war on another EU member?

What would the EU do if an EU member declared war on another EU member? I am wondering what would happen if a country like France attacked a country like Cyprus, what would the EU do in that situation?...
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Will it be harder to emigrate to a European country (e.g. Denmark) if Britain leaves the EU?

The current figures look as if Britain will vote to leave the EU: UK Politics Blog: EU Polling Data I am a British Citizen and would like to move to Denmark in around a year or so anyway, but if ...
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What is the significance of Macron's proposed status change to the European Flag, and what steps would be needed to make this a reality?

President Macron said he wants to officially recognize the status of flag of Europe (my translation). Does this mean that the flag has been decorative only up until now? What would officially ...
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Is there a date (before 29 Mar 2019) when a hard Brexit is inevitable?

Obviously, if there is no agreement between the UK and the EU on 29 Mar 2019 then a no deal Brexit will occur. It is my understanding that any agreement (or article 50 withdrawal) that is negotiated ...
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Why does Israel count in many ways as European country? [closed]

My question is, why does Israel count as European country when it comes to politics, sport and culture, although it belongs to Asia? For example, Israel participates in the following organizations: ...
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To what degree do Americans think of Europe as a singular political and cultural entity?

Often when I read questions here, people often used the word "Europe", and ask what politics are like "in Europe", and how voters are like "in Europe", and how cultural differences influence politics "...
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What were the effects of the UK entering the EEC (“Brenter”)?

So, Britain is in a process of negotiating its exit from the EU. I'm trying to understand what the effect of leaving the EU is likely to be, irrespective of the negotiations process, but supposing it ...
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Why has trust in the written press fallen so dramatically in the UK?

According to the new 'Trust in Media' report (requires free registration to view) published at the end of April by the European Broadcasting Union, the UK has the lowest level of net trust in the ...
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What are some representative European political news sources? [closed]

In an effort to become more exposed to perspectives from outside the US, I've sometimes looked for European news sites to read from. I read El Mundo for a while but I think it's a little more slanted ...
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Why did most European countries adopt the proportional voting system?

Is it because they are "young democracies/countries" (compared to the US and the UK) and at the time of their establishment there were more people with different political views and therefore the ...
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Does Ireland's Dáil have an unusually high number of independents, compared to other European legislatures?

I noticed that the 4th largest "party" in the current Dáil are independents with 19/160 seats. Is this proportion high (or not) in a broader European perspective in national legislatures?
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Why is Islam the fastest growing religion? [closed]

I was surprised to find out that Islam is the fastest growing religion in West. What is the reason for this? Please clarify it for me. Why Muslims are the world’s fastest-growing religious group (US-...
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Is it customary (or even allowed at all) for farmers' markets to have live animals on premise, in Europe or North America? [closed]

In a comment on an answer on a recent question, this other question was posed: Is it customary for farmers' markets to have live animals on premise at all, in Europe or North America? not just wild,...
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How can countries close their borders to refugees when they have a legal obligation of non-refoulement?

Many countries in Europe are closing their borders to refugees after a spur of right-winged political movements. However, the principle of non-refoulement states that a state must accept someone who ...
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Why do American jurisdictions generally prohibit ex post facto laws as opposed to European countries which apply lex mitior (“the milder law”)?

According to Wikipedia article related to Ex post facto law: While American jurisdictions generally prohibit ex post facto laws, European countries apply the principle of lex mitior ("the milder law")...